Monster Bucks Make Classic Impressive

Kansas non-typical

200″ Kansas non-typical on display at Kansas Monster Buck Classic.

The annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas deer hunting extravaganza was a great show and yes there were plenty of Kansas monster bucks .

Monster Bucks

The doors opened Friday afternoon at the ExpoCentre in Topeka on January 26, 2014 to a good crowd of avid deer hunters and vendors and it was a fun filled weekend. With the name Monster Buck Classic the deer hunting show lived up to it’s name and there were plenty of big Kansas brutes to be seen.

The Monster buck contest had some awesome entries and there was a new King of Kansas non-typical crowned as Lucas Cochren’s 238 4/8″ King of Kansas Non-Typical fell to the a non-typical buck taken by Cade Hays with a net score of 239 7/8″, a small 1 and 1/8 inches difference! Both are awesome bucks.

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Locked monster bucks.

There was so many great venders this year with some really cool hunting products. I saw so many good deer hunting products and will definitely be getting a few of them to get ready for next season. One of my favorite products was the INFERNOEPS™ element protection system. It is a cold weather suit that easily makes into a backpack and I tell you I was impressed with all the features. Hopefully I will be able to do a product review on this bad boy, very nice. If you get a chance go by and check out INFERNOTEK.

Heartland Bowhunter Major League Bowhunter

Heartland Bowhunter and Major League Bowhunter at Monster Buck Classic.

There were many great seminars and and the headliners were Mike Hunsucker and the Heartland Bowhunter tv show cast, Matt and Jessie Duff co-hosts the popular Friends of NRA television show on the Outdoor Channel, Grant Woods wildlife biologist, Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, Dan Thurston of Drury’s Bow Madness, Torry Cook world champion predator caller, Steven Fuller host of “The Huntin Grounds”, Zac Cooper Little man big dreams, Marian Kincaid of the television reality series “Mudcats”.

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail at Monster Buck Classic.

Matt and Jessie Duff

Matt and Jessie Duff with my father-in-law Bill at the Monster Buck Classic.

It was nice to get to know some of them a little and talk deer hunting. And one of my favorite events was the celebrity bow shoot. Dan Thurston, Matt Duff, Mike Hunsucker and the Heartland Bowhunter crew all did some great shooting with there bows. Matt Duff did great even though he borrowed someone else’s bow to shoot.

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Kings of Kansas monster bucks at Monster Buck Classic.

We had a great time at the Monster buck Classic this year and look forward to another great show next year. I’m already getting ready for next deer season and plan on doing all I can to get a big Kansas brute with my bow on film and hopefully he’ll be big enough to take one of the King of Kansas crowns. I might as well dream big!

 

Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail Crowned

It was a great deer hunting show in Topeka January 24-26 at the Monster Buck Classic, the big news was a new non typical king of Kansas whitetail was crowned. The big buck is a beautiful whitetail that all deer hunters dream about taking some day. The Monster Buck Classic had some impressive bucks brought in over the 3 day event. It is always fun to see all the monster Kansas bucks brought in to be scored and some entered into the Monster buck contest.

Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail

Cade Hays King of Kansas Non-Typical

Non Typical King of Kansas Whitetail

The reigning champ Lucas Cochren’s 238 4/8″ King of Kansas Non-Typical fell to the new reigning King of Kansas Non-Typical buck killed by Cade Hays with a gross Boone & Crockett score of 247″ and net score of 239 7/8″, only a slight difference of  1 and 1/8 inches! Talk about close. Cade had a video from a trail camera of the big brute rubbing a tree and had the actual tree as a pedestal to hold the mount, it was really impressive.

Both Lucas and Cade’s bucks are amazing bucks and are once in a lifetime bucks. Congratulations to both of them for taking such beautiful bucks!

King of Kansas Typical

Don Parr’s King of Kansas typical.

Don Parr’s Typical King of Kansas another amazing monster buck held on as the King of Kansas typical (194 6/8 net) for at least another year. What a stud typical buck, congratulations to Don for retaining the King of Kansas typical once again. To see this buck in person is just really impressive, the G2’s and 3’s are just crazy long.

It will be fun to see how long the King of Kansas bucks can hang on to their crowns. One thing is for sure when it comes to monster bucks Kansas has them. So you never know what you might see show up at the “Monster buck Classic We Are Kansas” deer hunting show next year.

Lucas Cochran's King of Kansas non-typical

Lucas Cochran’s former King of Kansas non-typical

Saved Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

The Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline saved my life.

I have been wanting to share a story about a short little hunting outing that could have went terribly wrong for me, but because I was properly connected to a Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline when I slipped that cold grey October afternoon, I’m here to share my story with you.

I Was Saved By The Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

A winter storm was moving on this particular October afternoon in Kansas and I had just gotten home from work and had only a couple of hours to hunt. I was planning on hunting a stand that we call “The Horn Donkey Stand” where a couple of years ago I filmed my good buddy shooting a potential Kansas state record typical with a bow. You can follow that link to read about that once in a lifetime hunt.

As I made my way to the stand the wind was blowing pretty hard and it was starting to lightly snow. I mostly have to hunt by myself or not hunt at all, and not hunting just isn’t an option for me. I got to the base of the tree and tied all my gear on the ropes to pull it up once in the tree. Then I connected my safety harness vest tether to the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline and up I went.

The big oak the stand is in is really tricky getting up and down the tree to and from the stand. It’s just one of those trees that you have to do a little maneuvering to get in and out of. The stand is about 25 feet high and on the side of a hill, so I had bought a Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline to stay safe from the time you leave the ground until you safely get back to earth.

I finally got in the stand and got all my gear up, I film all my hunts so I always have quite a bit of gear. I saw a nice buck right before dark but wasn’t able to get a shot and then waited until it was good and dark to start down. What I didn’t realize was during the hunt the snow was actually ice and the tree now had a coat of ice on it.

As I was lowering my camera to the ground I had to step on a big limb in order to keep my camera from hitting the base of the tree. When I stepped on the big ice covered limb I suddenly lost my footing and my feet slid right out from under me and the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline Prussic knot caught and did it’s job and I swung against the tree and was able to get my feet back under me and was able to keep my camera from banging against the tree or dropping to the ground. Just then I realized that the $40 or $50 I spent on the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline was the best $40  or $50 investment I had ever made, and had just possibly saved my life. I confidently made my way down the tree and when I got back on the ground I said a prayer and made my way back to the house.

Now I am the proud owner of 5 of the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifelines. I have some stands that I don’t use them but all of my stands that are high up or the least bit tricky I will not hunt without a Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline.

I am in no way affiliated with Hunter Safety System but had to share this story with you, in hopes that I can help prevent one hunter being injured or killed by falling from a treestand. I highly recommend the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline to all hunters who hunt from an elevated stand. Don’t think it can’t happen to you, it only takes one slip to change your life forever. Hunt safe everyone.